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Brain Biology and the Spiritual Components of Mental Health

Mental health is connected to, and affects more than just our emotions. To gain a fuller understanding of mental health issues it’s important to understand the brain’s interaction with our emotions. Join Dr. Nii Addy who will help explore the important connections between the brain and mental health and how congregations can be places of healing for mental health issues.

Live Online

This workshop will be offered twice to offer the most scheduling flexibility for attendees. Attendees do not need to attend both sessions.

Workshop(s) are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

November 21, 2023
10:30 am-12:00 pm
November 28, 2023
10:30 am-12:00 pm
About the instructor

Nii Addy is the Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry and an Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Biology from Duke University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University. Dr. Addy directs a federally funded research program investigating the neurobiological bases of substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. Dr. Addy’s team also studies the ability of tobacco product flavor additives to alter nicotine use behavior and addiction. Dr. Addy is the inaugural Director of Scientist Diversity and Inclusion at the Yale School of Medicine, focusing on supporting the faculty development of basic scientists from underrepresented groups at the School of Medicine. 

As the creator and host of town hall community events, Dr. Addy has also built unique partnerships to encourage and equip audiences to embrace the use of holistic, integrated tools to address mental health challenges. He hosts the Addy Hour podcast, discussing topics at the intersection of neuroscience, mental health, faith, culture and social justice. Episodes include dynamic conversations based on the lived experience and professional expertise of his guests – which include community leaders, clinicians and mental health experts, scientists, professional athletes and entertainers, faith leaders, and mental health advocates. He has collaborated with Lecrae (Grammy Award-winning artist and NY Times Best Seller), Doug Middleton (Jacksonville Jaguars/ Dream the Impossible Initiative), Allan Houston (former NBA All-Star, NY Knicks/ FISLL Project), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the Yale University Chaplain’s Office, the Salvation Army, Every Nation Church NYC, the American Bible Society and others.